ACPA and CPF Announce 2016 Award Winners

Alyssa KirkmanACPA News

Chapel Hill, NC, April 21, 2016 –The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) and the Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) were pleased to present their most prominent awards at the recent 73rd Annual Meeting and Pre-Conference Symposium. ACPA presented the Distinguished Service Award and the Honors of the Association Award, and CPF awarded the Leadership Award.

The Distinguished Service Award is given annually to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional service to ACPA. This year’s winner was Jerald Moon, PhD for his numerous contributions to ACPA, including his past service as editor of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, his previous position on the ACPA Executive Council, and his service on a number of ACPA Committees.

The ACPA Honors of the Association Award represents the highest expression of respect and gratitude ACPA bestows. It is granted to an individual whose lifetime of research, health care delivery or leadership has advanced, significantly and uniquely, the amelioration of physical, behavioral or social conditions related to cleft lip and palate or other craniofacial anomalies. The 2016 award was given to Samuel Berkowitz, DDS, MS for devoting his entire life to the improvement of treatment of those with craniofacial cleft palate and lip differences.

The CPF Leadership Award recognizes an individual or group, such as a parent, former patient, advocate, or community organization, who has demonstrated exceptional service and leadership on behalf of individuals with cleft or craniofacial anomalies.  The 2016 award was presented to Cleft India Parents Association (CIPA), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals affected by cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial birth defects.

The ACPA’s 73rd Annual Meeting, April 4-9, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia, explored advances in research, clinical and team-driven care of patients. The 2016 Scientific Program featured general and concurrent specialty sessions, poster sessions, panel presentations, study sessions, and nuts and bolts of team coordination.

About the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is an international non-profit medical society of health care professionals who treat and/or perform research on oral cleft and craniofacial conditions. ACPA supports the professional community and enhances the quality of team care by providing education and resources, supporting and disseminating research, and acting as an open forum for specialists to communicate. More information about ACPA can be found at or by calling 919-933-9044.

About the Cleft Palate Foundation
The mission of the Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) is to serve individuals and families affected by cleft lip/palate and other craniofacial conditions by connecting them to team care, providing education, and offering personal support.   CPF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1973 to be the public service arm of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. For more information, visit or call 919-933-9044.